Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic felt satisfied after his Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic opener -- though he didn't get the win.
Home-favorite Matt Ebden lost the first set but regrouped to take a 6-7 (3) 6-4 7-5 win over the world No. 6.
2014 US Open champion Cilic -- who lost in the Tata Open Maharashtra semi-final last week -- is eager to get some extra preparation ahead of the Australian Open.
"What is most important for me is to get the body going and feel the conditions," Cilic said.
"Today was great to play with Matt, he obviously played a great match and for me, it was important just to find a good rhythm and go after my shots.
"I was missing a little bit today but overall I'm quite happy with where I'm at."
The 29-year-old Croatian reached a career-high of No. 4 last year, as well as featured at the Nitto ATP Finals -- where he disappointingly finished his campaign with zero wins and three losses.
The experienced Croat is still eager to get better as a player and achieve more before he retires.
"Pre-season went really good,” Cilic claimed.
"I felt that we worked a lot physically and a few different areas in my game.
"We did a fair bit of analysis after the year to try and get ready for the new season… I worked a little bit more on my serve, just a few more details technically and also just being a little bit more aggressive."